Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

Local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia on Sept. 28

Local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia on Sept. 28

Officials in Micronesia say they are now looking for man who was unaccounted for in the crash of an Air Niugini flight that landed short of the runway at Chuuk Airport on Friday.

The passenger was seen in one of the local dinghies that were assisting with transporting the passengers and crew to the shore, the airline said in a statement.

Residents in small boats rushed to the crash site to save passengers and crew members from the sinking aircraft, an official said.

The airline said it was making all efforts to ensure the ongoing safety of the passengers and meet their immediate needs.

The group was on its way to the Philippines for a vacation when the Boeing 737-800 aircraft crashed into the lagoon as it attempted to land at an airport in Chuuk Island on Friday, the DFA said in a statement.

The Independent reported that all occupants of the plane were taken to a local hospital to be examined.

Within minutes, local fishermen were on the scene with a flotilla of small motor boats to rescue people.

Nine Filipinos on board an Air Niugini plane that crash-landed in the South Pacific nation of Micronesia were all safe, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.

Harris said he doesn't know what caused the crash landing or whether the pilots had alerted air traffic control of any problems.

"It's just surreal. I thought we landed hard until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in, and I thought, well, this is not, like, the way it's supposed to happen", he said in a video posted to Facebook.

Jaynes said he and others managed to wade through waist-deep water to the emergency exits on the sinking plane.

He said the flight attendants were yelling, and that he suffered a minor head injury.

The aircraft ended up in a lagoon about 150 yards short of the single runway at Chuuk Airport in Weno.

Locals in the Federated States of Micronesia were quick to react and by that saved lives when an aircraft overshot a runway and plunged into a lagoon.

The airline said weather was poor at the time of the landing with heavy rain and low visibility.

Air Niugini is Papua New Guinea's national carrier. It said 35 passengers and 12 crew members were aboard the Boeing 737.

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